Bhagti Devi, 67, is a sanyasin I came across near a temple in Tirthan valley of Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh. She doesn’t like to talk about her past, but is pleased to discuss her hair. Over six feet long, it has not been combed or cut for years, she says0
The age-old Jain practice of Santhara has been held illegal by a court, raising old questions anew. Does the state own every life under it, or does our right to life also include the right to stop living?